Introduction to Forensic Social Work: Navigating Family, Supreme, and Criminal Court Systems in New York State



Introduction to Forensic Social Work: Navigating Family, Supreme, and Criminal Court Systems in New York State

Friday, March 29th 2024

9:30am to 12:00pm ET


Presenters: Robert W. Mulligan, M.P.S., LCSW-R; Hugo Lopez, LMSW, CASAC

NASW-NYS Members: $25

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $50

Non-Members: $62.50

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 2.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
This brief overview of the Criminal and Family Court Systems is being offered to introduce clinical social workers and other interested mental health professionals to the basic architecture and components of these complex legal systems.  Understanding and developing a working and functional knowledge of the components of the Criminal and Family Court systems is invaluable to many clinicians and their treatment populations.  The program will discuss cases  in the jurisdiction of the Family Court as well as the responsibilities of personnel who work in this Court.  In addition, the presenters will describe the different types of Orders of Protection, as well as their limitations.  Additionally, the will include an overview of the criminal court system, the personnel who fulfill the different roles, and a detailed explanation of how clinical forensic social work interfaces with this Court system. Many of the topics discussed will include examples and case studies that represent common experiences of clinical forensic social workers involved with criminal justice system. 

Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1.    Describe the complex components of the unified court system.
2.    Outline the basic structures of the Criminal Justice System
3.    Explain the roles of judicial system such as Parole, Probation, Sentencing, Orders of protection, Criminal Court, Family Court and associated jurisdictions. 
4.    Describe the roles of a Forensic Social Worker within the judicial system
5.    Describe common clinical work and possible counter transferential issues and self care.

This workshop is approved for 2.5 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Robert W. Mulligan, M.P.S., LCSW-R. Robert W. Mulligan acquired his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Long Island University before earning his Masters of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice at Long Island University in 1981. He also obtained a Master in Social Work in 1985 from the Adelphi University School of Social Work, specializing in casework and community organization. Robert spent over seven years working at the Nassau County Treatment Alternative to Street Crime of the Education Assistance Center in Port Washington, New York, and has also been working as an adjunct professor of Forensic Social Work at the Graduate School of Social Work of LIU since 2011. Robert has simultaneously maintained his private practice since 1985 specializing in Psychotherapy and Forensic Social Work where he has participated in thousands of criminal and juvenile cases with charges ranging from Petit Larceny to Murder.  


18.pngHugo Lopez, LMSW, CASAC. Hugo Lopez procured his Associate of Applied Science degree alongside his title of Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor at Suffolk Community College. He then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from the Long Island University School of Social Work and then continued his education at Fordham University School of Social Work where he earned his Masters in Social Work. Hugo has spent much of his career working in  hospitals and treatment programs across Long Island, providing short-term and long -term individual psychotherapy counseling services to a diverse population of clients. During his time at the Consulting Project Inc., in Forest Hills, Hugo provided bilingual (English/Spanish) forensic psychosocial evaluations for private clients engaged in the legal system. Most recently, Hugo has been working at the Nassau County Substance Alternative Clinic providing individual psychotherapy counseling services, while also running his private practice- Amicus Advocacy Group, which is a full service Forensic Social Work Practice.

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March 29th, 2024 from  9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $25.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $50.00
Non-Member $62.50
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00